2020

James Halliday Wine Companion

  • 95 points
    FORESTER ESTATE Sauvignon Blanc 2018 SPECIAL VALUE WINE“This is exceptional sauvignon blanc, maritime and firmly of place. As much defined by the usual freshness as it is is by a core of intensely flavoured fruit of outstanding quality. Tropical notes spiel over an undercarriage of brisk herbal edges, from greengage, spearmint and thyme; to jasmine and wood smoke. Hand-harvested, the portion fermented wild in barrique (41%) tones the wine, while positioning it in a realm of complexity and class.
  • 95 points
    FORESTER ESTATE Yelverton Cabernet Sauvignon 2014“An aged release from a stellar vintage, this mid-weighted, sappy cabernet offers delicious drinking. The tannins are shapely and softening, as much defined by the sensitive use of oak as by their long-chained juiciness. The flavours are steering into semi-developed territory with tobacco leaf, ironstone, pencil shavings and polished leather accents. Yet the spurt of sweet blackcurrant flavour from mid-drift to aft is a confident shout suggesting plenty of complexity is yet to come.”
  • 93 points
    FORESTER ESTATE Cabernet Sauvignon 2016“Margaret River exemplified: currant, sage and olive notes. Ample affinity for French oak melded to bouquet garni tannins, pliant and dutifully firm. The finish is long, savoury and showing enough mettle for mid-term keeping. Understated and classy, with few bells and whistles, but plenty of amplitude.”
  • 93 pointsFORESTER ESTATE Chardonnay 2017“Hand-picked before fermentation in French small and large format oak, partially wild. 41% of the cuve went through malolactic conversion and the lees were regularly stirred. The result is a fully flavoured chardonnay of stone fruit accents hinged to a core of toasted nuts, vanilla pod oak and nougat. The finish is tangy and long, yet far from shrill. Poise and drinkability in spades.”
  • 92 points
    FORESTER ESTATE Home Block Shiraz 2014“A spicy nose of camphor, clove, eucalyptus, pepper and cardamon sets the tone. Mid-weighted. Then the fruit sweetness, blue and black allusions, sweeps across the palate. Flecked with sarsaparilla, bitter choc-mint and smoked meat notes, the impression is one of a generosity on the better side of savoury..”
  • 90 points
    FORESTER ESTATE Rosé 2018“A cherry lipstick hue, this is a bright, fully flavoured rose that has been made to detail: free-run juice, partly fermented spontaneously in tank and older barrel, regularly stirred. The result is one of crushed red berry accents melded to musk stick, red apple and kirsch, given by perk by some gentle acidity across the tail. Lots of flavour.”
  • 89 points
    FORESTER ESTATE Lifestyle Semillon Sauvignon Blanc 2018“A vibrant and piercingly aromatic white Bordeaux blend, manifest in the sheer exuberance of Margaret River’s fruit. Nettle, spearmint, guava and honeydew melon flavours rattle about crunchy acid rims”

PREMIUM WINES

  • Sauvignon Blanc 2019
    National Wine Show of Australia 2019 | Bronze
    Royal Hobart Wine Show 2019 | Bronze
    Perth Royal Wine Awards 2019 | Bronze
  • Cabernet Sauvignon 2017
    Decanter World Wine Awards 2019 |Gold
    Royal Hobart Wine Show 2019 | Gold
    International Wine & Spirit Comp 2019 | Silver
    Perth Royal Wine Awards 2019 | Silver
    Sydney Royal Wine Show 2019 | Bronze
    London International Wine Challenge 2019 | Bronze
    Royal Adelaide Wine Show 2019 | Silver
  • Home Block Shiraz 2016
    The 2019 Great Australian Shiraz Challenge| Silver
    London Int Wine Challenge 2019 | Silver
    Decanter World Wine Awards 2019 | Silver
    International Wine & Spirit Comp 2019 | Silver
    Sydney Royal Wine Show 2019 | Bronze
    Royal Hobart Wine Show 2019 | Bronze
    Margaret River Wine Show 2018 | Bronze
    Wine Show of Western Australia 2018 | Bronze
    Margaret River Wine Show 2017 | Bronze
    Wine Show of WA Mount Barker 2017 | Bronze
  • Home Block Shiraz 2018
    Wine Show of WA Mount Barker 2019 | Bronze
    Australian Small Winemakers Show 2019 | Bronze
    Royal Hobart Wine Show 2019 | Bronze

LIFESTYLE WINES

  • Lifestyle SSB 2019
    Royal Adelaide Wine Show 2019 | Silver
    National Wine Show of Australia 2019 | Bronze
    Perth Royal Wine Awards 2019 | Bronze
    Royal Melbourne Wine Show 2019 | Bronze
    Margaret River Wine Show 2019 | Bronze
    Australian Small Winemakers Show 2019 | Bronze
  • Lifestyle Cabernet Merlot 2017
    Sydney International Wine Competition 2020 | Gold
    National Wine Show of Australia 2019 | Gold
    Australian Small Winemakers Show 2019 | Silver
    Sydney Royal Wine Show 2019 | Bronze
    Perth Royal Wine Awards 2019 | Bronze
    Wine Show of Western Australia 2019 | Bronze
  • Lifestyle Shiraz 2017
    The 2019 Great Australian Shiraz Challenge| Silver
    Royal Hobart Wine Show 2019 | Silver
    Royal Adelaide Wine Show 2019 | Silver
    Wine Show of Western Australia 2019 | Silver
    Winestate Magazine 2019 | 4 Stars
    Sydney Royal Wine Show 2019 | Bronze
    Margaret River Wine Show 2019 | Bronze
    Royal Queensland Wine Show 2019 | Bronze
    Australian Small Winemakers Show 2019 | Bronze

RESERVE WINES

  • Georgette Sparkling Brut 2015
    Winestate Magazine 2019 | 4 Stars
  • Yelverton Reserve Chardonnay 2017
    Decanter World Wide Awards 2019 | Silver
    International Wine & Spirit Comp 2018 | Silver
    London International Wine Challenge 2018 | Silver
    Sydney International Wine Competition 2020 | Finalist
    Wine Show of Western Australia 2019 | Bronze
    Royal Hobart Wine Show 2019 | Bronze
  • Cabernet Durif 2012
    Halliday Wine Companion | 94 Points
    Sydney Int Wine Competition 2015 | GOLD
    IWSC London 2015 | Silver
    Rutherglen Wine Show 2015 | Bronze
  • Fer 2015
    Halliday Wine Companion | 92 Points
  • Yelverton Reserve Cabernet 2011
    Margaret River Wine Show 2014 | GOLD
    Halliday Wine Companion | 95 Points
    Ray Jordan Wine Guide 2011 | 94 Points
    International Wine Challenge 2013 | Silver
    Qantas Wine Show of WA Mount Barker 2014 | Silver
    Australian Small Winemakers Show 2013 | Silver
    Qantas Wine Show of WA Mount Barker 2015,
    International Wine & Spirits Competition 2014,
    International Wine Challenge 2014,
    Margaret River Wine Show 2013,
    Qantas Wine Show of WA Mount Barker 2013 | Bronze
  • Yelverton Reserve Cabernet 2012
    Sydney Int Wine Competition 2020 – | GOLD
    International Wine & Spirits Competition 2015 | Silver
    Royal Perth Wine Show 2015 | Silver
    International Wine Challenge 2015 | Commended
    Qantas Wine Show of WA Mount Barker 2014 | Silver Wine
    Show of WA Mount Barker 2019 | Silver
    Decanter World Wine Awards 2019 | Silver
    Australian Small Winemakers Show 2019 | Bronze
    Royal Hobart Wine Show 2019 | Bronze

Rosé

  • Rosé 2019
    Royal Hobart Wine Show 2019 | Silver
    Royal Adelaide Wine Show 2019 | Bronze
    Perth Royal Wine Awards 2019 | Bronze

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